The Best Bars in Santa Monica




Big Dean's Cafe

  • 1615 Ocean Front Walk

Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe, a quintessential beach bar right off the Santa Monica Pier is the best place to be for year round sunshine and beachside fun with a side of fish and chips.

Hotel Bar

The Penthouse

  • 1111 2nd Street

When you're on the roof at the Penthouse in the Huntley, that's when you know you've really made it to the top in L.A.

Sports Bar

Rusty's Surf Ranch

  • 256 Santa Monica Pier

With a prime location right on the Santa Monica Pier, this casual beach bar and grill is a top destination for fresh seafood and classic pub grub. Surfboards decorate the laid-back space, and live bands perform on the weekends.

Irish Pub

Sonny McLeans

  • 2615 Wilshire Blvd

Clover-colored, casual hangout that is often full of sports fans, this Irish tavern and gastro pub serves classic Irish favorites and traditional New England cuisine with California flair. Play darts or a round of pool with your friends, try the karaoke,

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Cocktail Bar

Seaside on the Pier

  • 250 Santa Monica Pier
    Santa Monica CA 90401


Santa Monica Brew Works

  • 1920 Colorado Ave
    Santa Monica CA 90404


Circle Bar

  • 2926 Main St
    Santa Monica CA 90405

Dark and divey, this hip hop hotspot has a tiny dance floor that gets packed with students, hipsters and the young-and-beautiful. Make your way through the crowd and get down to mainstream rap hits.


Bar Chloe

  • 1449 2nd St
    Santa Monica CA 90401

With a trendy vibe, low light and top-shelf cocktails, this lounge offers an intimate setting to savor the sophisticated bistro cuisine. Candles, chandeliers and a well-dressed crowd help to create an elegant atmosphere.



  • 1301 Ocean Avenue
    Santa Monica CA 90401

Featuring a primo rooftop deck with fire pits and spectacular views overlooking the coastline, this chilled-out lounge space is a hidden gem with fantastic cocktails – the perfect beginning to a night out.


The Bungalow

  • 101 Wilshire Blvd
    Santa Monica CA 90401

With lovely and unique interior designing to surround your night of drinking and lounging, Bungalow will make you want to move in and never leave.



  • 2101 Lincoln Blvd
    Santa Monica CA 90405

Live music is the focus of this neighborhood venue, which features performances seven nights a week. You'll also find burlesque dancing, trivia games, jazz nights and daily food specials.



  • 1432 4th St
    Santa Monica CA 90401

Since 1931, this classic club has been a go-to nightlife spot for locals. Listen to live blues and rock music, watch burlesque dancers, and kick back with a cold one in a relaxed environment.



  • 12238 Santa Monica Blvd
    Santa Monica CA 90025

Cozy and dark, this no-frills bar is an unpretentious hangout with multiple personalities: sports bar, comedy club and karaoke lounge. Find happy hour deals seven days a week.


Santa Monica Whaler

  • 101 Broadway
    Santa Monica CA 90401


West 4th Jane

  • 1432 A West 4th St
    Santa Monica CA 90401

Chill out at this casual bar near the 3rd Street Promenade, which features one of the city's best selection of wine and craft beer, including 24 on tap. Play a game of Connect Four while you sample a flight of brews.


Coast Beach Cafe

  • 1 pico blvd
    santa monica CA 90405

Kick back at this casual beachfront cafe and bar, which offers California-inspired cuisine and cocktails – along with fantastic views of the coast. While the daytime vibe is family friendly, evenings are perfect for getting started with a cold one and a


The Misfit

  • 225 Santa monica Blvd
    Santa Monica CA 90401


Chez Jay

  • 1657 Ocean Ave
    Santa Monica CA 90401

Peanut shells on the floor, red vinyl booths and a glowing neon sign make Chez Jay one of the most unique bars and restaurants in the city - and it's also a registered Santa Monica Landmark.


Father's Office

  • 1018 Montana Ave
    Santa Monica CA 90403

With 36 beers on tap, this bar and restaurant is a West Side beer paradise with dark wood decor, a masculine fee, and a creative menu of gourmet burgers and bar food.


Ricks Tavern on Main

  • 2907 Main St
    Santa Monica CA 90405


Basement Tavern

  • 2640 Main St
    Santa Monica CA 90405

Located in the underground of The Victorian 1800s mansion, this intimate speakeasy lounge offers an excellent selection of cocktails and craft beer. Sip away under a chandelier, watch classic movies, or show up at night for live music and a packed house.



  • 112 W Channel Rd
    Santa Monica CA 90402

It's all about the cocktails at this fun beachside hangout. Sip a handcrafted masterpiece in the laid-back maritime setting, and mingle with a posh crowd of locals and party people.


The Craftsman

  • 119 Broadway
    Santa Monica CA 90401

Boasting one of the longest happy hours in Santa Monica (from 4 pm to 8 pm every day), this bar hosts live bands almost every night of the week – including the house band, The Old Fashioned, every Friday.


Nostalgia Bar and Lounge

  • 1326 Pico Blvd
    Santa Monica CA 90405

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